About Us

Our Mission(top)

The Oswego County Humane Society provides programs and services that preserve and strengthen the bond between people and animals.

Our Vision(top)

The Oswego County Humane Society was organized in the year 2000 by a group of Oswego County residents who were concerned about the inadequacy of county-wide animal welfare services. At that time Oswego County was one of only two counties in the state that did not have a county-wide shelter facility, either public or private.

We soon concluded, however, that focusing our efforts on acquiring a shelter would be futile. Shelters are not a solution to the problems of animal overpopulation and abandonment. They are instead a symptom of the problem. You can read more about why we came to that conclusion in this article by Merit Clifton of Animal News.

Solutions are:

  • Increasing the rate of adoption as the means of acquiring a pet.
  • Increasing the rate of spaying and neutering of all pets, especially those in low-income households.
  • Community education programs that help to prevent animal abandonment and neglect and foster adoption and spaying and neutering.

From the beginning, we have concentrated on developing programs intended to implement these solutions: active fostering and adoption assistance programs; a spay neuter clinic for cats in low-income households; the barn cat program for the spaying and neutering of free-roaming cats; and community education publications and programs.

Won’t you join us?

Our Board of Directors(top)

The Oswego County Humane is governed by an active and committed board of directors. The current members are:


Joanne Hunt Piersma, Esq., President
Ann Wiltsie, Vice President
Dr. Eric Ehrhardt, D.V.M., Treasurer
Lisa Yesensky, Secretary


Diane Broadwell
Debbie Hanlon
Mary McConkey
Bernadette Mroz
Paul Souza
Conlee Shannon
Dr. Lewis Watson, D.V.M. (Emeritus)
Shelly Reifke-Souza
Kristin Shanley-Graves, Esq.

Financial Information(top)

The Oswego County Humane  Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, registered with the State of New York and with 501-c-3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

We are not affiliated in any way with the Humane Society of the United States and receive no funding from that organization (although we respect its work very much).

We do not receive government funding for our services except for minimal surrender fees when we take dogs from local Dog Control Officers into our foster program.

Most of our funding comes from individual donors and local businesses.  Without that local support, we could not continue.  We thank all of you.

To see our most recently filed financial information click here.